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Edmund S. Muskie oral history collection

Identifier: MOH
Abstract This collection contains oral history interviews with a broad range of individuals who knew, affected or were affected by Senator Edmund S. Muskie in the course of his life and career. Interviews were conducted and collected by staff of the Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Project (1997-2007), which was funded by the Edmund S. Muskie Foundation and based at the Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College (Lewiston, Me.)
Dates: 1985 - 2007; Majority of material found within 1998 - 2003

Edmund S. Muskie papers

Identifier: MC105
Abstract The Edmund S. Muskie Papers include his personal papers, office files, audiovisual materials, photographs, artifacts, and memorabilia. The collection documents his youth in Rumford, Maine; his years as a student at Bates College; his personal and family life; his service in the U.S. Navy during World War II; his law practice and other professional, public service and political activities in Waterville, Maine; his terms as a member of the Maine House of Representatives (1947-1951), director of...
Dates: 1826-2005; Majority of material found within 1928-1996

Edmund S. Muskie Papers, Series I: Personal and family records

Identifier: MC105.01
Series Overview *Note: This is a finding aid for part of the Edmund S. Muskie Papers. An overview of the entire collection is available here.*The documents in this series comprise a variety of personal records belonging to Edmund S. Muskie and his immediate family.Documents related to Edmund S. Muskie in this series include documents from his student years and his service in the U.S....
Dates: 1912-2004; bulk 1930-1954, 1981-2004

Edmund S. Muskie papers, Series II: Waterville law practice

Identifier: MC105.02
Series Overview In 1940 Muskie purchased the law practice of deceased Waterville attorney Carl Blackington. Muskie maintained the practice until his reelection as governor in 1956. Muskie stopped actively practicing law at that time, though the practice maintained a bank account through 1963.Most of the law practice's work consisted of civil cases such as probate pleadings, the establishment and management of trustee accounts, divorces and domestic issues, contracts, tax adjudications, and suits...
Dates: 1826-1963 Bulk 1940-1956; Majority of material found within 1940 - 1956

Edmund S. Muskie papers, Series III. Early public service

Identifier: MC105.03
Series Overview Between his discharge from the Navy in 1946 and his election as governor of Maine in 1953, Muskie was active in several areas of public service. Most notably, he served as a member of the State Legislature for two and a half terms and directed the Maine district of the U.S. Office of Price Stabilization (OPS) from 1951-1952.During this same period, Muskie was also active with a number of public service and political organizations. For example, he was a national leader of AMVETS, an...
Dates: 1946-1954

Edmund S. Muskie Papers, Series IV: Governor

Identifier: MC105.04
Series Overview These are the office files from Muskie's two terms as governor of Maine (1955-1959). Most of the material relates to the business of the governor's office, but the series also includes files from his 1954 and 1956 campaigns.Gubernatorial files in this series include correspondence, appointments and nominations, invitations and speaking engagements, Muskie's personal and special bank account files, legislative papers, and resource files.The campaign files consist of...
Dates: 1952-1958

Edmund S. Muskie Papers, Series IX: Roosevelt Campobello International Park Commission

Identifier: MC105.09
Series Overview This series comprises a variety ot document types, including correspondence, reports, agenda, and minutes related to the creation and management of Roosevelt Campobello International Park.Much of the series is made up of packets sent to commission members for upcoming meetings. These packets contain minutes from previous meetings, agendas, and reports from officials on the park's programs, personnel, facilities, budget, and development plans.The remainder of the series...
Dates: 1963-1996

Edmund S. Muskie Papers, Series V: U.S. Senate

Identifier: MC105.05
Series Overview This series consists of the files maintained by Muskie's U.S. Senate offices in Washington, D.C. and Maine.The records in this series document the entire range of the activities of Muskie and members of his staff during his Senate career (1959-1980), from the crafting of legislation to responding to constituent requests for intercession with federal agencies to the tracking of local and national issues that came to the attention of Muskie or his staff. The preponderance of the...
Dates: 1935 - 1981; Majority of material found within 1959 - 1980

Edmund S. Muskie Papers, Series V: U.S. Senate, Subseries A. Washington Office

Identifier: MC105.05.A
Subseries Overview This subseries, by far the largest set of files in the collection, consists of files maintained by Muskie's U.S. Senate office sfaff in Washington, D.C. They are organized by congressional session (two-year periods), and thereunder according to the office filing system in use during that session.Although the contents of files vary from congressional session to session, the file types found in this series are generally the same across sessions, and include:Case files,...
Dates: 1959-1980

Edmund S. Muskie Papers, Series V: U.S. Senate, Subseries B. Local Offices

Identifier: MC105.05.B
Subseries Overview In addition to his main Senate office in Washington, D.C., Muskie maintained at least one office in Maine throughout his Senate career. For most of that time, the Waterville Office, which grew from his law office in the same town, was his main base of operations in the state. By the end of his career, however, Muskie had opened local offices throughout the state to facilitate interaction with constituents and local coordination. The files in this subseries represent the records of those offices.
Dates: 1947 - 1980; Majority of material found within 1960 - 1980